With 14 satellites in operation, three of them with restrictions, but four more in orbit this year alone, the Galileo system is close to full availability. Professor Reiner Jäger of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences explained the benefits of Galileo at the ESNC Kickoff 2016 at the Technologiepark Tübingen-Reutlingen in Reutlingen. With the Galileo PRS (Public Regulated Service), a signal with the qualities of the military part of NAVSTAR GPS is becoming available in the civilian sector for the first time. This must be exploited. A current funding program has been available for this purpose since May.
At the two kickoff meetings in Reutlingen and at Heidelberg Mobil International, ESNC participants from previous years also provided insights into their projects: MyFoodMap by Daniel Dilger is thriving, bodymonitor by Dr. Georgios Papastefanou is doing business, and the OpenRouteService, presented by Tim Ellersiek and Dr. Enrico Steiger, is delivering freely accessible geodata as requested. With Dr. Krzysztof Kanawka it was also ensured that with the view to Poland impulses from outside BW flowed into the discussion. Cooperation was also explored, since the Galileo satellites orbiting in the sky a good 23,000 kilometers away deliver their precise signals across national borders.